W-2 Reporting of Employer-Provided Health Care Costs
The 2010 health care reform legislation included an obligation for employers to inform employees of the cost of their health coverage. The IRS has now issued Notice 2011-28, which provides interim guidance for employers on W-2 reporting of the cost of coverage. For more information, please click here to read the Alert regarding the Notice published by the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group on April 5, 2011.
Form I-9: Changes to Accepted Documentation
As of May 16, 2011, the documents employees present to employers for I-9 verification are subject to new regulations. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule concerning the list of acceptable documentation. To learn more about the changes in acceptable documentation, please click here to read the Alert published by the Labor & Employment Client Service Group on April 27, 2011.
Reminder for Plan Administrators to Review Confidentiality Procedures for Qualified Retirement Plans
Plan administrators of plans that offer employer stock as an investment alternative should review the disclosures provided to plan participants. Investment in employer stock represents a significant litigation threat for plan fiduciaries. However, the plan fiduciary may be relieved of liability for participant losses resulting from the decision to invest in employer stock if certain disclosures are provided under ERISA Section 404(c). To learn more, please click here to read the Alert published by the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group on April 12, 2011.
Pension Plan Reporting of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts
Representatives of pension plans with interests in foreign financial accounts may be required to report those accounts to the Internal Revenue Service. On February 24, 2011 the Treasury Department issued final regulations greatly expanding the reporting requirements for individuals and entities that hold interests in foreign accounts. To learn more about the regulations, please click here to read the Alert published April 12, 2011 by the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Client Service Group.